Introductory Activity – Grab a Chair
- Chairs (one per child less one chair)
Place the chairs in a circle. Choose one child to stand in the middle of the chairs and the other kids to sit in chairs. Lead the child in the middle of the chair to say a characteristic (hair color, eye color, shirt color, gender, age, favorite food, etc.). All kids sharing that characteristic must stand and swap chairs; the child in the middle also moves to sit in a chair. The “leftover” child moves to the center and calls out a different characteristic. After the game, tell kids that today’s Bible story focuses on God’s creation and plan for people.
Note: Younger children may be challenged to name a characteristic. The teacher could call characteristics rather than children calling out characteristics.
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Game – Gimme a T (or F)
- No materials needed.
Tell kids to spread out in the game area. Make a true/false statement about the Bible story. If the answer is true, kids should make a T with their bodies. If the answer if false, they should make an F with their bodies. Talk about the answer. Make another statement to continue the game. Say the Life Point after you have reviewed the story.
Craft – Fingerprint Silhouette
- Construction paper, tempera paint (various colors), gingerbread-type people figures, markers
Tell kids they can make silhouettes of the people figures. A child can choose a figure and place it in the middle of a piece of paper. Then she can dip her finger in paint and make dots or prints around the figure. She should continue to make dots and fill in the space around the figure; she can use all one color or multiple colors. When she has filled the space, she can remove the figure to reveal the silhouette. Talk about the Bible story as kids work. Suggest kids write the Life Point in the silhouette space; or they can write another message about having a relationship with God.
Introductory Activity – Creation Mural
- Large pieces of paper, markers, crayons, tape
Tape long paper on the walls; lay crayons and markers nearby. If desired, divide the paper into six sections.
Lead kids to think about the creation story from last week. Or guide kids to open their Bibles to Genesis 1. Tell them to draw pictures about God’s creation of the world. They can draw what God created on the different days or make an overall mural of the created world (as you choose). Tell kids that today you will look more at God’s creation of people and His plan for them.
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Game – Cube Stack
- Wide craft sticks (one per kid), 6 numbered cubes, timer
Group the kids into two teams. Hand the 6 cubes to a team member on Team 1. Set the timer for 30 seconds. Guide the player to hold the craft stick in his mouth and stack the cubes on the stick, one on the other. He can try to stack and hold the cubes until the timer sounds. When the timer sounds, tell him to take whatever cubes are on his stick and roll them. Add up the numbers. Ask the team a review question. If they answer correctly, the team is awarded the number of points he rolled. Repeat with Team 2. Alternate teams until all questions have been answered. Total the points for each team. Talk about the Life Point and God’s plan for people.
Craft – Relationship Chain
- Paper strips, stapler or tape, gel pens
Say the Life Point. Tell kids that people follow Jesus and become Christians to have a relationship with God. Talk with kids about “The Gospel: God’s Plan for Me.” (See your leader guide or this link [[link: https://www.lifeway.com/en/articles/parentlife-introduce-your-child-to-jesus]] for more information.) Some kids may have already made this decision. Others may still be thinking about it. Tell kids to talk privately with you, other leaders, or their parents about becoming a Christian.
Show kids the paper strips. They can print sentences and Bible verses on the paper strips. (You may want to display the information from “The Gospel: God’s Plan for Me” on a poster or white board for reference.) Guide them to use the strips to make paper chains about becoming a Christian. Tell kids they can use the chains to think more about God’s plan for people to have a relationship with Him. Kids who are already Christians could use the chains to tell others about God’s plan.